The principle behind software process improvement (SPI) is that product quality is strongly influenced by the quality of the associated software process for development and maintenance.
A number of SPI frameworks have evolved from this principle. However, these frameworks are comprehensive and differ in a variety of aspects, making
them difficult to compare objectively and to select between for a company. This paper discusses four comparison methods that
can be used on SPI frameworks. We have explored one of them further and propose a new SPI framework taxonomy. Our taxonomy consists of 25 relevant characteristics, which can be used to point out framework similarities and differences
on a high level. An example of how the taxonomy can be applied to six common SPI frameworks is provided.
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